The Rio Olympics Could Be the Next Victim of Brazil’s Corruption Scandal … A massive corruption investigation is reaching into construction deals done for the already troubled Rio 2016 … Two multibillion dollar projects linked to the troubled Rio 2016 Olympic Games have been drawn into Brazil’s ever-growing corruption scandal. -TIME
Brazil is under covert attack from global elites using the US as a regional proxy, and now its upcoming Rio Olympics may be injured as a result.
The results: possibly a reduced Olympics, even one where certain events are delayed or cancelled.
Increasingly, the Olympics are being used to make political points. Russia, for instance, is currently banned from competing in Rio. A November 2015 World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) report that accused Russian sports authorities of institutional cheating generated the suspension.
The region where the massive corruption scheme has been unearthed is the home of the upcoming summer Olympics and also includes a huge Trump project.
However TIME magazine claims there is no evidence so far that the Trump project is part of the corruption.
We’ve already written about the ever-growing Brazilian political and economic scandal HERE. Our conclusion is the scandal is being artificially expanded and elongated.
Without overt and covert US involvement, the scandal would long since have died away – as it seems to touch virtually every major politician on either side of the aisle.
But those investigating the scandal have ties to US intelligence. And the idea is to use the scandal to create a more docile Brazil.
A recent article in NACLA by Jan Knippers Black, Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, cited a report by Elizabeth Leeds regarding current US law-enforcement influence:
As reported … 22 Brazilian military and federal police officers underwent military and paramilitary training last March, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, at the North Carolina headquarters of Academi, infamous formerly as Blackwater. Meanwhile in Brazil, 800 police from nine states received training from the FBI.
Brazil’s political and industrial establishment has been targeted for exercising independence from the US during the country’s long economic boom, which is now over.
Under former president Lula da Silva, Brazil reduced US oil clout. Current president Dilma Rousseff, incensed by NSA spying on intimate conversations of Brazil’s top leaders, began to negotiate with Germany’s Merkel over building a communications system that would be impervious to US interference.
US intelligence interests have obviously fought back. Covert US involvement in the endless Brazilian scandal is part of a larger “cold war” that the US and the Anglosphere generally is fighting with the BRICs – especially Russia and China in addition to Brazil.
The dialectic being utilized calls for sharp confrontations between involved parties before the inevitable “synthesis.” The synthesis, whenever it occurs, will lead to a deepening of global governance – as it always does in such cases in the modern era.
Right now, the BRICS are being cast as highly corrupt and authoritarian entities by American media in contrast to the West and the US in particular. The excerpt at the beginning of this article from TIME makes this point clearly.
So does another TIME article published just recently. The article is entitled, “These 5 Facts Explain the State of Global Corruption” and, astonishingly, four of the five “examples” of global corruption are South Africa, Russia, China and Brazil.
These are four of the five BRICS. For some reason, the fifth BRIC, India, at least equally corrupt, is not mentioned.
The article admits that anti-corruption campaigns are ongoing in China and Russia. But it declares that such campaigns are really intended to consolidate state power.
More from the initial TIME article:
Police and prosecutors are investigating if the Brazilian building giant Odebrecht paid bribes to secure work on a new subway line, which will connect the city’s beach zone to a station close to the Olympic Park, and the on redevelopment of the city’s port area. Rio’s Olympic regeneration, which has included billions in building contracts, had so far largely avoided the controversy of the Operation Car Wash investigation.
The article goes on to explain that Rio’s Marvelous Port project is the most ambitious of the city’s redevelopments since it won the Olympics in 2009.
The plan was to turn the city’s gritty port area into a business and tourist hub, with redesigned streets, [a] futuristic Museum of Tomorrow and the five-skyscraper Trump Towers, billed as the largest urban office development in the BRICS countries.
Now police have got hold of internal Odebrecht emails that seem to show that massive sums were paid to Brazilian politicians to ensure the necessary public development occurred, including a new subway system.
Some 316 politicians from 24 parties received the bribes and Odebrecht even had a special department to disburse the money.
Sylvio Costa, founder of Brazil’s “watchdog” Congress in Focus, is quoted as saying, “The level of organization revealed by these documents is shocking … The question now, for the future of Brazil, is how federal police, prosecutors and the judiciary deal with a scandal that is far bigger than any of those institutions.”
Former chief executive Marcelo Odebrecht, grandson of the company’s founder, just received a sentence of 19 years in jail and this is symptomatic of how high up in Brazilian society charges and penalties reach.
The probe has recently targeted Brazil’s two most prominent politicians, Rousseff and Lula.
Lula was just appointed Rousseff’s chief of staff to protect him from arrest by the federal judge leading corruption investigations. His appointment is under review by the country’s Supreme Court.
Along with the rest of the BRICS, (perhaps excluding India for the moment), Brazil is being painted as incorrigibly and institutionally corrupt.
Brazil’s August Olympics are destined to suffer as a result. They will be cancelled, reduced or at least smeared. Certainly, they will provide a target for further stories about Brazil’s corruption and political malfeasance.
Thus, the “new” Cold War grinds forward, polarizing the BRICS and painting them as hostile to the West and as genuinely corrupt entities. The Rio Olympics are merely the latest victim.
Conclusion: Are you thinking of attending the Olympics or doing some ancillary business with them? Please be aware that they have been caught up in new international hostilities and are compromised to an as-yet unclear degree. Beware of risks regarding business or attendance as a result.